Summit seniors sign to play soccer at Division I colleges

Summit seniors sign to play soccer at Division I colleges

Summit Country Day seniors Kennidy Belle, left, and Colleen McIlvenna, right, signed to play soccer at Iowa State University and the University of Tennessee, respectively.

In recent years, The Summit Country Day School girls’ soccer program has had a wealth of players continue their careers at the collegiate level, including Division I schools. During the National Signing Day ceremony on Nov. 14, Seniors Colleen McIlvenna, Madeira, and Kennidy Belle, West Chester, joined the ranks of their former teammates. 

Kennidy signed to play soccer at Iowa State University while her teammate Colleen signed to play soccer at the University of Tennessee.

Kennidy was a four-year starter and varsity letter winner, a member of all-Miami Valley Conference teams three times, an all-Southwest Ohio performer twice in 2016 and 2018 and was a team captain this season.

From her defender position, she notched 11 goals and 19 assists for her career for a total of 41 points. She finished fifth all-time in career games played with 85.
“I am just thankful that the signing is finally official after having being committed for two years. It is a relief,” Kennidy said. “I chose Iowa State for the coaches and teammates, and I love the entire atmosphere of the college."

Colleen became known for putting the ball in the back of the net during the course of her career.

In 2015, she was a freshman starter on a state championship team, amassing 29 points (10 goals, nine assists). She scored the game-clinching goal in the state semifinal match, one of three game-winners she had that season. 

In 2016 and 2017, she recorded double-digit goals, 13 and 19, respectively. She combined for 21 assists in those two seasons, too. A slew of all-league and all-academic team selections followed her on-field prowess. 

In her senior season, Colleen made it clear that not many goalkeepers would stop her. She poured in 29 goals and tallied nine assists for total of 67 points. 

In addition to her first-team all-league, all-Southwest Ohio academic team, all-Southwest Ohio and all-Ohio academic team selections, she was first-team all-Ohio and an all-Region performer.

She leaves the program as its leader in games played (87), goals (71), points (181) and game-winning goals (23). 

"Being committed for so long, it is weird that the day finally came,” Colleen said. “I am really excited.  I had my official visit last week. Reality is now setting in and it is a happy one.  I chose Tennessee because the moment you walk on campus it feels like home.  The coaches and players feel like the right dynamic for me. Tennessee offers me the right mix of academics and athletics."

Not to be forgotten, both played pivotal roles in helping lead the Silver Knights to two state titles during their four years in the varsity program.

"Both Colleen and Kennidy have been so key to our success over the past four years.  Their on-field success has translated into many wins and several championships as well as individual accolades,” Coach Mike Fee said. “However, their value goes much deeper. They both have modeled what it means to be dedicated to the program, to see the value of being a member of a team and to put forth an effort to be successful both on the field and in the classroom. I want to thank them both for representing our school with class and dignity. I look forward to what they are going to accomplish at the collegiate level.  

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